Ohio BWC awards grant to aid Sandusky County first responders

The Ohio Bureau of Workers' Compensation announced on Thursday that it awarded a $40,000 grant to the Sandusky County Emergency Medical Services agency to support area first responders.

Sandusky County EMS, a county government operated system, will use the grant to purchase cardiac support pumps that will aid first responders in performing CPR while protecting them from on-the-job injuries. The system contains a band that squeezes a wide area of the chest and spreads out the force of compressions to maximize blood flow.

When performing CPR, rescuers must manually compress the chest in a kneeling position or a twisted walking position while other rescuers carry the patient on a backboard. Once in the ambulance, rescuers must stand up without restraints and continue compressions while in route to the hospital.

The cardiac support pumps will reduce the risk of injuries to first responders that are associated with doing CPR during loading and unloading. The system will also reduce exposure to injuries that can occur when personnel must stand unrestrained while the ambulance is in motion.

Sandusky County EMS has four ambulances spread across 390 square miles of Sandusky County that handle all emergencies for a population of approximately 59,000.

The Ohio BWC provides workers' compensation insurance coverage for employers and employees in the state of Ohio.